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Physics Frontier Center News

December 2, 2013 | PFC | Research News

Quantum Gimbal

Theorists at the Joint Quantum Institute predict that for some elements a vortex of atoms can be produced which pivots around another sample of atoms at rest in the middle. Such a quantum gimbal has been observed in condensates of two atomic species but never before in a swarm of exclusively one type of atoms in a state of lowest energy.

November 2, 2013 | Outreach | PFC | People News

Thurgood Marshall Academy teacher earns national accolades

The JQI would like to congratulate Kena Allison, science teacher at Thurgood Marshall Academy, who recently received a Milken Educator Award for her "commitment to teaching science." Called the "Oscars of teaching," the award comes with $25,000. PFC graduate student researcher Jeff Grover has been visiting Allison's classroom over the last few years, integrating physics demonstrations into her curriculum. Thurgood Marshall Academy is a D.C. Public Charter School located in the Anacostia region.

October 23, 2013 | PFC | Research News

Nanofibers and Designer Light Traps

In this experiment, physicists squeeze combinations of higher modes of the light into a nanofiber with unprecedented efficiency and purity. This kind of control may translate into more control over evanescent atom traps

October 20, 2013 | PFC | Research News

Topological Light

In this week’s issue of Nature Photonics scientists at the Joint Quantum Institute (*) report the first observation of topological effects for light in two dimensions, analogous to the quantum Hall effect for electrons. To accomplish this, they built a structure to guide infrared light over the surface of a room temperature, silicon-on-insulator chip.

September 20, 2013 | PFC | Research News

Simulation sets atoms shivering

JQI researchers perform a quantum simulation of the 1D Dirac equation, by assembling an analogue system of neutral atoms in a Bose-Einstein condensate.

August 27, 2013 | PFC | People News

Peter Kordell is awarded undergraduate research prize

Peter Kordell, a UMD undergrad, was awarded the IPST Monroe Martin Prize for Undergraduate Research in Physics.

August 14, 2013 | PFC | Research News

Photons a la Mode

The photodetectors in Alan Migdall’s lab often see no light at all, and that’s a good thing since he and his JQI (*) colleagues perform physics experiments that require very little light, the better to study subtle quantum effects. Their latest achievement, described here, is to develop a new way of counting photons to understand the sources and modes of light in modern physics experiments.

August 6, 2013 | PFC | Research News

Resonant Exchange Qubits

Unfortunately, qubits are fragile; they dissipate in the face of interactions with their environment. A new JQI semiconductor-based qubit design ably addresses this issue of qubit robustness.

June 18, 2013 | PFC | Research News

Quantum Information in Low Light

JQI researchers in the lab of Alan Migdall, demonstrate how one category of photo-detection system can make highly accurate readings of incoming information at the single-photon level by allowing the detector in some instances not to give a conclusive answer.

June 5, 2013 | PFC | Research News

Spin Hall Effect in a Quantum Gas

JQI Researchers have reported* the first observation of the "spin Hall effect" in a Bose-Einstein condensate.This is a step toward applications in "atomtronics"—the use of ultracold atoms as circuit components.

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